MiKayla Morton, a graduate of the College of Education and Human Development, was always involved in sports. A track-and-field standout throughout her middle and high school years, she placed at several state championship meets in Kentucky. But despite her success, Morton says the world she loves lacks representation at the top.
“Sports is a male-dominated industry, and one without many women of color in leadership,” Morton said.
Recognized for her aspiration to change the sports industry, Morton has received the Savannah Walker Award for Social Justice. The award recognizes a graduating senior from CEHD’s Department of Health and Sport Sciences who has demonstrated a commitment to social justice, equity and inclusion.
“I wanted to become an advocate for Black girls, so they could know this is possible for them, too” said Morton, who has combined her sports affinity with a passion for mentoring and representation through the CEHD’s Sport Administration program.
Morton is a Woodford R. Porter Scholar, J. Blaine Hudson Scholar, Dean’s List Scholar, member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honor Society member. She graduates May 14 with Summa cum Laude honors.
She has also volunteered with the TRIO Upward Bound Secondary School Outreach Program, the Cardinal Cupboard, the Louisville Men’s Soccer team and as a tutor for participating Jefferson County Public Schools.
Matched with a mentor as part of the Porter Scholar Program during her freshman year, Morton realized she could give back to other students through a mentoring relationship. She became involved in the Caring of New Students Experiencing College Transition (CONECT) Peer Mentorship program, which seeks to help minority students feel welcomed and supported.
“I’ve been blessed with support at UofL, so I wanted to give back – it’s been a great journey.” Morton said. “I want to be someone who shows other people that, once you put the work in, you can do it. You’ll excel in it.”
Morton currently works as an intern for the Louisville Sports Commission, with hopes of continuing with the organization following graduation. She plans to pursue a master’s degree or graduate certificate in the future.